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Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

Hosted by the Consul of the Johannesburg Outdoor & Adventures Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 17 Feb 09:30

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Referred to as Jozi’s ‘Jewel of the South’, Klipriviersberg was a nice hike last time we did it, so let's revisit. Yep. That’s us in the photo.

Situated a mere 15 km from central Joburg, this nature reserve provides for an exciting nature experience as its scenic trails vary in distance and difficulty. It is the largest proclaimed nature reserve in the metropolitan area and boasts a surprising diversity ranging from larger game such as zebra, red hartebeest, and black wildebeest, to many items of botanical, geological, archaeological, and cultural interest. The reserve is rated by many as a birding hotspot with more than Protected content species. For the outdoor enthusiast, a visit to the Klipriviersberg is not to be missed. First time visitors are surprised at this beautiful natural asset so close to the hubbub of the city. Protected content

I’ve drawn up two routes: one easy (6.1 km) and one moderate (9.3 km). Both groups will start together and then separate after 3.1 km. Both groups set out from Silent Pools and meander into the foothills all the way down to Sarel Marais’ homestead. The easy trail then simply follows the riverbank back on flat terrain, while the moderate track crosses the river and climbs up into the koppies on the opposite side of the valley. This group will rest at a high altitude lookout point offering splendid views. I’ll take the easy route, but bring maps for those wanting the more challenging one.

Please bring at least two litres of water, a strong pair of walking shoes or hiking books, a hat, light clothes to avoid overheating, sunblock, an energizing snack, and an emergency plastic poncho in the event of showers.

All critters welcome.

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